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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 15, 2009 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

Greg -

I know I'm late to the party, but heres my $.02.

Find the itunes music folder on your 'puter and look to see if the files are there. Before I took manual control, itunes would find music files on my hard drive and copy them into the itunes music folder and change the source path so itunes knew where to look to find the songs.

I did a little checking with our IT bubbas and no one was aware of any trojans or viruses that randomly (selectively?) delete music files at the file level. You either lose the whole mess or none.

Sounds like itunes may have moved the files for you.

I have two external 1TB drives with all of my tunes backed up and would suggest you do the same. You can always add the source path so itunes looks on the hard drive and you can manage the itunes music library that way - but always have your files on an external hard drive just in case itunes gets squirrelly.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jun 15, 2009 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

Thanks Mando for the info. Yeah, I did find an iTunes folder elsewhere beside where I knew my files were but none of what was missing was there. Since it was an all or nothing deletion that ocurred, I'm guessing iTunes was the culprit and not a virus. I've since gone to manual and installed SharePod on my iPod. (Thanks Stagger!) It's a wonderful piece of software that lets me manage all my files (both ways). You can even hook up two iPods to a computer and then swap files between them. I'm pretty much done using iTunes for now. I've been able to get back all my files from either bringing them back to my computer from my iPod or getting them from the internet. It was a frustrating weekend but much was learned.

Glad to see you on the boards again and that your surgery went well. Looking forward to more submarine tales as the come around.